The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus


For Advent, For Christmas

Also: Come, O Long-Expected Jesus
Compare: Hail, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Music: "Hyfrydol" by Rowland Huw Prichard, 1830
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Meter: 87 87 D

Alternate Tunes:
"Stuttgart" in Psalmodia Sacra, by Christian Friedrich Witt, 1715,
Adapted by Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876)
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MIDI / Noteworthy Composer  / XML (Melody Only)
"Jefferson" by William Walker, 1835
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Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869), p. 116.

Haggai 2:7
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come:
and I will fill this house with glory, saith THE LORD of hosts.

1. Come, Thou long expected Jesus,1
     Born to set Thy people free,
From our fears and sins release us,
     Let us find our rest in Thee:
Israel's strength and consolation,
     Hope of all the earth Thou art,
Dear Desire of every nation,
     Joy of every longing heart.

2. Born Thy people to deliver,
     Born a child and yet a king,
Born to reign in us for ever,
     Now Thy gracious kingdom bring:
By Thy
3 own eternal Spirit
     Rule in all our hearts alone,
By Thy all-sufficient merit
     Raise us to Thy glorious throne.


1. Or: Come, O Long-Expected Jesus or Hail, thou long-expected Jesus. Return

2. Or: By your death on Calvary. Return

3. Or: Thine or your. Return

Sheet Music by G. P. Root from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #1, p. 15.

Sheet Music "Gotha" by the Late Prince Consort from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), #31.

Sheet Music "Cross of Jesus" by Sir John Stainer from Sir John Stainer, ed., The Church Hymnary (Edinburgh: Henry Frowde, 1902), #230.

Editor's Note:

In some hymnals, this hymn is formatted as four verses of  4 lines each. The citation to Haggai 2:7 is from one of the hymnals that I've consulted, not from the original (as best as I can tell).

Instrumental sheet music to this and 12 other carols may be downloaded from Sally DeFord Music, (site accessed September 30, 2006). An MP3 of this arrangement is also available at that page.

There are numerous 87 87 D tunes that have been associated with this hymn over the centuries, including:

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